When we were a newly married couple, my husband and I used to cook dinner together. We had a lovely terrace off the kitchen in our first home. We would take a drink each — my preferred drink was and is Coca Cola — and we would concoct all kinds of delectable dishes. One of our favourites was the simple moong dal, made with tomatoes, onions, garlic and fresh coriander leaves. We would team it with paranthas or rotis and rice and with fried fish or prawns as a side dish.
Moong dal, split 1/2 cup
Onion 1 medium, chopped
Tomatoes 2 medium, chopped
Green chillies 2, chopped
Garlic 5 cloves, chopped
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Ghee 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish, chopped
Wash and drain the moong dal. Add the onions, tomatoes, green chillies and garlic. Add water and boil.
Add salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Simmer till the dal is cooked completely. Add water as needed.
Heat the ghee in a small frying pan and cumin seeds. When they stop sputtering, add them to the dal.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or roti.